By Patrick Yu Shuk-siu

The writer comes from a unusual kinfolk in Hong Kong. His father, Yu Wan, was once an eminent determine in academic circles either prior to and after the second one global conflict. partly I of this ebook, there's a precise description of the original conditions lower than which the writer, as a matriculation scholar, used to be presented a central authority scholarship to go into the collage of Hong Kong in 1938. Altogether unpredictably this all started a sequence of occasions which landed him in wartime jobs in China: with British Naval Intelligence and the chinese language Nationalist military respectively. After the battle, he received a Victory Scholarship to additional his schooling at Oxford and at last qualify as a barrister-at-law. He attributes his luck to being the 7th baby of his father who was once himself a 7th baby. as a result the identify of this book.Part II of this paintings includes a correct separate account of 8 real lawsuits dealt with through the writer as Defence advice. those specifically selected and cleverly captioned circumstances all make attention-grabbing examining, simply because each one of them incorporates a unique flavour of its personal starting from homicide trials with an unforeseen flip of occasions and a number of fraud circumstances to an exciting account of an try to manage an blameless site visitors policeman which used to be simply slightly annoyed. the way during which the defence in each one case was once carried out is of specific curiosity.

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15-17 Shelley Street, asking to see Yu Wan, which THE FALL OF HONG KONG: BEFORE AND AFTER was my father's name. Not knowing what to expect, we initially feared the worst, but, thank heavens, those fears proved to be ill-founded. He turned out to be a Mr Sagamoto, the former headmaster of a Japanese school in Wanchai. At one time or another before the war, the Education Department had raised various problems concerning his school, which time and again my father had helped him to surmount. Sagamoto was a devout Christian, a Chinese scholar himself, although he could speak only a little Cantonese, and apparently a great admirer of my father.

It was rumoured that not a few members of the audience who had not read Androcles and the Lion genuinely thought that Joseph Lim's spontaneous improvisations that evening were all part and parcel of Bernard Shaw's play superbly translated into action by the genius of the actor. Because of the way my matriculation went, I felt I owed a measure of loyalty to the French language, and accordingly registered early for the French class conducted at the university by a very sweet lady by the name of Madame Martie.

It was one of the several undertakings I promised to the good Lord in the Wah Yan chapel, and the first one of its kind to be fulfilled. The others, I am afraid, will take a whole life-time to fulfil. In those days, to be baptized was not an easy decision for me to make. My parents were then essentially pagans. They knew little or nothing about Christianity, and believed only in what had long been translated into English as ancestor worship. I have often wondered whether there might not be a better translation for this particular filial rite.

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